Review: P.S.P. Lens Sets

Product Review: P.S.P Models Ltd Scale White Head Light Optics; Set No. 3524,
5mm Diameter; 10 lenses; price $7
Advantages: cast resin and metal lenses come with glass casting grid lines
inside; very useful for 1930s-1940s headlights
Disadvantages: new company; not as light reflective as MV Lenses
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all people needing scale commercial type headlights for
trucks, cars or early armored vehicles
Steve Zaloga and I were discussing the new DML T-34 Model 1940 kit and the one
thing we noted about it was that it would be difficult to replace the kit's
headlight lenses with MV Lenses as they are all smooth and unscored. Since the
T-34 of that vintage had commercial headlights ? with a very obvious grid
pattern in them ? it was nearly a forceout to have to use the kit lenses and
try and get a good reflective surface behind them.
This product line ? which is based on sizes by millimeters rather than
matching up with specific headlight sizes in scale ? is a new one to me but
one that appears to be very handy. All of the products on display at AMPS 2004
were either gridded out like the review sets or smooth with what appeared to be
a bulb in the center of the lens. The lenses have a very nicely done grid
pattern and overall ? since 10 are on a fret and the resin for the lens
material is applied to them on the frets ? pretty well done, with only one
out of 20 lenses noted as being incompletely cast.
This is probably the most useful of the sets I saw, as the 5mm size is just
about right for a 7" or 175mm light in 1/35 scale. (Other useful sizes would be
2.5mm for 3 ½" or 90mm, 3mm for 4" or 100mm.)
Overall, these seem to be good little items but so far I have no idea who is
offering them in the US as the gentleman selling them had no sign at his stand.
The address for the company is: P. S. P. Models Ltd. Unit 19B, Applin's Farm,
Farrington, Dorset DT1 8RA, UK.
Cookie Sewell
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